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  1. Video: Clippers players talk about how they like Del Negro

    Dec 11, 2012, 7:12 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    When I put together a list of coaches who could be on the hot seat I added Vinny Del Negro because it was obligatory. Fans saw him in Chicago, they heard the now-gone GM wanted him out the middle of last season and there is a national sense he can’t be the guy that coaches…

  2. Lakers GM says he can’t really evaluate team yet, plan is to keep Gasol

    Dec 11, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

    Mitch Kupchak

    What is the identity of this Los Angeles Lakers team? What kind of team are they? You don’t know. I don’t know. It’s pretty clear the players don’t know. With the roster and coaching and system changes, they have not found their footing yet. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak doesn’t know either. He doesn’t like…

  3. Pau Gasol to miss Lakers game Tuesday. Maybe more.

    Dec 11, 2012, 4:34 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    While this news should come with about as much surprise as the news Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards once did drugs, we pass it along anyway. Pau Gasol will not suit up for the Lakers on Tuesday night against Cleveland due to knee tendonitis, reports the Los Angeles Times. This will be the fifth game…

  4. Who is next NBA coach to be fired? Watch your back, Dwane Casey

    Dec 11, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Clippers

    We’ve had one coach canned in the first quarter of the NBA season, and just as we expected it was Mike Brown from the Lakers. Which is why it is ironic to listen to Lakers brass and supporters say it’s too early to judge Mike D’Antoni because so many players are injured and they haven’t…

  5. James Harden practices Tuesday, likely to play Wednesday

    Dec 11, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    James Harden

    James Harden sat out for a game with a sprained ankle Monday night and the Rockets responded with a little “Linsantity” flashback. Well except for the winning part, the Spurs did that. But things look like they will be back to normal for the Rockets on Wednesday. James Harden returned to practice Tuesday, tweets Jonathan…

  6. Wizard’s Wittman tries to keep perspective on 2-15 start

    Dec 11, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    The Washington Wizards are a league-worst 2-15, a team not exactly deep with talent to start now beset by injuries, a team where the healthy veterans are not living up to their billing and the young players look like young players. Often that is when a coach feels pressure, although Wittman shouldn’t. For one, it’s…

  7. Pacers Stephenson uninjured in minor car accident

    Dec 11, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard Lance Stephenson

    It’s good to see that this ended up being minor. The Pacers’ Lance Stephenson was on his way to an Indianapolis area mall for a “Shop with the Pacers” event when he got into a minor car accident, reports WLFI: The 23-year-old rear ended another car just after 6 p.m. at US 31 South and…

  8. Quietly Charlie Villanueva has become solid part of Pistons

    Dec 11, 2012, 1:26 PM EDT

    Charlie Villanueva, Stephen Curry

    For the first month of the season, Charlie Villanueva might as well have been a ghost. You saw only fleeting glimpses of him in a Pistons uniform, seemingly out of the corner of your eye. Up to Nov. 23, Villanueva had only set foot on the court three times, for a total of 20 minutes.…

  9. LeBron defends Wade: “Charles Barkley needs to shut up”

    Dec 11, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Miami Heat

    Last Thursday, Charles Barkley sat on his TNT soapbox and said that Dwyane Wade‘s game had taken a step back. Wade had just had a 3-of-13 shooting night against the Knicks, which came on the heels of a 9-for-19 game a couple nights before versus Washington. Barkley said Wade was “starting to lose his athletic…

  10. It’s official, Anthony Davis returns to Hornets lineup Tuesday

    Dec 11, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis, Samuel Dalembert, Monta Ellis

    The 2-15 Washington Wizards can’t catch a break. Tonight they thought they had a potential win against the New Orleans Hornets — one of the league’s other struggling sides at 5-14 — but they catch the Hornets on the night of the return of their star Anthony Davis. We told you it was likely when…

  11. First order of business for Lakers: Fix the help defense

    Dec 11, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    It’s been a pretty regular happening for the Lakers the past few games: The opposing point guard blows past Chris Duhon without much resistance. Dwight Howard sees it coming early (there’s a reason he’s three-time Defensive Player of the Year) and rotates over to cut off the lane — but then nobody helps the helper.…

  12. Amusing new ad: Carmelo is better at basketball than fourth graders

    Dec 11, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony is the biggest star in New York — and is playing like it this season — and with that comes a lot opportunities, a lot of endorsements and chances to be in ads. This one, from Foot Locker, amused me. In part because even against fourth graders ‘Melo is settling for jumpers half…

  13. Suns coach Gentry gets vote of confidence; report has Beasley as issue

    Dec 11, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    When the Phoenix Suns traded Steve Nash, let Grant Hill go and brought in Michael Beasley to be the designated scorer, you knew things were not going to go all that well in the Valley of the Sun this year. But Suns fans weren’t ready for a 7-15 record with seven straight losses, and everyone…

  14. Video: Watch Jeremy Lin’s 38 points (and Parkers’ triple double)

    Dec 11, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Spurs Rockets Tony Parker Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin had a flashback night Monday, playing like that kid from a few weeks in New York that turned everyone’s head. With James Harden out Lin had to take on more offense and he had a fantastic night. The video above shows just how he did it, with rainbow-arc jumpers and slashing into the…

  15. O.J. Mayo on DeMarcus Cousins: “That guy has some mental issues.”

    Dec 11, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    Down 25 points in the second quarter against the Dallas Mavericks, DeMarcus Cousins swung his arm backward while battling for position and struck O.J. Mayo directly below the belt. Mayo’s reaction to the hit and the ensuing fallout resulted in technicals for both players, but the real jabs were thrown after the game: “It wasn’t…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Heat put together a complete game. That will beat anyone.

    Dec 11, 2012, 3:42 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Wade smile during second half of NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Miami

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching the video of the worst free throw attempt ever… Spurs 134, Rockets 126 (OT): There was a Linsanity flashback in Houston. Jeremy Lin took charge in the third quarter, slashed into the defense, hit rainbow jumpers and looked like…

  17. Report: Steve Nash out at least another two weeks, nerve irritation keeping him sidelined

    Dec 11, 2012, 2:35 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Steve Nash is still about two weeks away from returning to the Lakers. Nash, still recovering from a small fracture in his fibula is progressing with his rehab, but is still not ready to join the team, according to David Leon Moore of USA Today: D’Antoni speculated…

  18. Raptors Amir Johnson ejected after struggling with ref over ball, throwing mouthpiece at him

    Dec 11, 2012, 1:43 AM EDT

    Mickael Pietrus, Amir Johnson

    Amir Johnson, your suspension is coming. You may want to ask Rajon Rondo the good places to hang out in Mexico during your time off. Watch the video above and you’ll see why. Toronto was down double digits in the third quarter when Portland’s J.J. Hickson drains the first of two free throws and as…

  19. Three Stars: All Point Guard Edition

    Dec 11, 2012, 1:15 AM EDT

    Tony Parker,  Jeremy Lin

    These are the guys with the ball in their hands on nearly every possession. They’re asked to get their teammates going while also finding ways to put the ball in the basket themselves. They’re not always successful, but tonight they certainly were as all three of these guys were dishing out dimes and sinking shots…

  20. Dose of Linsanity comes to Houston but it’s not enough against Spurs, 134-126

    Dec 11, 2012, 1:12 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin, DeJuan Blair

    For a night, the Jeremy Lin that captured Knicks fans last season was back — 34 points on 21 shots, 4-of-5 from three, 7 assists. Linsanity returned, for a half. The Rockets needed someone to step up because James Harden, his beard and his bum ankle were sidelined. And it was fun, one of the…

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